All of the Home Country Associations – Basketball England, Basketball Scotland, Basketball Wales – and Sport England have been contacted for comment
(*Note – this was recorded approximately a month ago on October 22 so certain things might be slightly out of date.)
In this 1 hour and 20 minute episode, hear from Ed on:
His background prior to getting involved with British Basketball
Why he decided to take on the job
What people were saying about basketball before he took on the position
The position the BBF was in when he came into the role
What he felt was ‘deep seated animosity’ towards the BBF
Finding what he believed to be lot of people within the sport not actually caring about basketball
The shocking amount of self-interest he claimed to see
Why be believes Basketball England do not have the right people in place to push the sport forward
Sport England’s role amongst all the proceedings
The details of the ‘coup’; what amounted to a hostile takeover of the BBF by the HCAs
How the HCAs stripped the BBF of its powers
Why he and the other independent directors felt they had to resign from their positions
The inability of the BBF and HCAs to come to an agreement on how to spend the allotted government funding
The rejection of all the HCA Chairs to join the BBF board
Why he feels Basketball England have been in violation of Sport England’s governance code
What he feels is an autocratic style leadership from Basketball England that needs removing
The lack of commercial income raised by the British Basketball Federation since its inception
The appeal of 3×3 with potential commercial partners
Why he isn’t sure two BBL franchises in London can work at the moment
Why governing bodies always get blowback regardless of the sport
Why he doesn’t think basketball will have a great chance with the new Aspire fund
The battle that basketball and other sports have to face for national media attention
Why he believes national team success is more important than professional league success to grow the sport
What he sees in the future for British basketball
And much, much, more!
As always, I’d love to get your feedback, come back after you’ve listened and lets get some discussion going in the comments.
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